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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 11 Jul, 2012
Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there. ...

New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Klimchouk on 26 Mar, 2012
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi,

The deepest terrestrial animal

Klimchouk on 23 Feb, 2012
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto. ...

Caves - landscapes without light

akop on 05 Feb, 2012
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum   The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals. ...

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Sinkhole session (NH 8.6) at EGU 2012

Author Alexander Klimchouk.
Posted on 20 Dec, 2011

Dear colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention on the following forthcoming
Scientific Session on Sinkholes at the General Assembly of EGU in
Vienna, next April:

Session NH8.6 "Sinkholes: from susceptibility to risk evaluation and
mapping"
at EGU General Assembly (Vienna, 22-27 April 2012)

Convened by: Mario Parise, Giulio Iovine, Stefania Nisio

Session Description
Sinkholes are widespread in many countries of the world, in several geological and morphological settings, affecting distinct lithotypes either in the detrital cover sequences or in bedrock outcrops. In particular, some phenomena develop in geomorphological context characterized by plain areas and notable detrital coverages, either made of sediments or colluvial or residual terrains, thick even tens to hundreds of meters. In some cases, the genetic mechanisms are poorly understood; they can be quite complex and appear not directly connected with classical karstic processes. The recent urban development and the increasing need of spaces for infrastructures in areas potentially affected by sinkholes require a better comprehension in terms of related susceptibility, hazard and risk. The session aims to stimulate the discussion on the state-of-the-art of the studies on the mentioned topic, with special regard to sinkholes in plain not-karstic areas. Analyses of genetic mechanisms, methodological examples of investigation, and case studies are welcome, as well as description of techniques for evaluating susceptibility, hazard and risk.

Note: A selection of studies presented at this session will be considered for publication in a special issue of a relevant international journal.

For info on how to submit an Abstract see this page.

or go directly at the sessions page, choose Session NH8.6, and press "Abstract submission"

The deadline for the submission of Abstracts is 17 January 2012.

Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2012 can be found 
here , and information about EGU itself can be found here .

In case any technical questions arise, please contact us

For any questions relevant to the Session organization please do not
hesitate to contact me

We hope to see you in Vienna!

Best Regards,

Mario Parise and co-conveners

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2016 ISSB Travel Fellowships

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 15 Dec, 2015

The International Society for Subterranean Biology (ISSB-SIBIOS) announces that it will fund five travel fellowships at 500 Euros each to support students and young scientists from outside the US in order to attend and present their research results at the 2016 International Conference on Subterranean Biology (ICSB) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA Conference details are available at the conference website: http://wwwspeleobiologycom/icsb2016/ Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students and young scientists who earned their PhD degrees in 2012 or later, and are working at an institution outside the United States Application: The application deadline is midnight, GMT, 29 February 2016 Submit via email toicsb2016@gmailcom, with “Travel Fellowship Application” on the subject line, the following material An updated CV Title and abstract of the presentation (follow instructions on abstract preparation on the conference website) Application Review: All applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the 2016 ICSB Selection criteria will include scientific quality, funding situation at home institution and balanced geographic representation Successful applicants will be notified individually and announced on the 2016 ICSB website by 15 March 2016. ...

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Coming book about karst & caves of Croatia

by Prof.dr. sc. Mladen Garasic on 27 Nov, 2015

Dear Speleogenesis friends, Here is a preliminary front cover page of my new Springer book which will be printed soon (2016 / 2017) Any help is wellcome Help could be - any information about international cave diving and caving expeditions in Croatia and English text proofread Thank you in advance, Best regards, Mladen Garasic *********************************************************************************** ProfdrscMladen Garasic, PhDScDGeol Faculty of Civil Engineering, Geotechnical and Geology Department, University of Zagreb, Kaciceva 26, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia e-mail mgarasic@gradhr and Adjunct Secretary of Union Internationale de Speleologie (UIS), Croatian Speleological Federation /delegate/ Nova Ves 66, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia and delegate of Union Internationale de Speleologie (UIS) and Fédération Spéléologique Européenne(FSE), Working group for Caver's Multi-Lingual Dictionary in Informatics Commisssion of UIS e-mail: mladengarasic@zgt-comhr. ...

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23rd International Conference on Subterranean Biology

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 10 Nov, 2015

What do Markus Friedrich, Meredith Protas, Helena Bilandžija, Bill Jeffery, Ruben Tovar, David Carline, Kelly O’Quin, Joshua Gross, and Masato Yoshizawa have in common? They have already agreed to present papers at the 23rd International Conference on Subterranean Biology, to be held from June 13 to 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on the campus of the University of Arkansas The website (wwwspeleobiologycom/icsb2016/) has information on the meeting, including the preliminary program, information on housing, a registration form, and information on submission of abstracts We hope you will visit the website soon in order to make your plans for the meeting Among the highlights are an opening reception at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, a day long excursion deep into the heart of the Ozarks karst, and four special symposia on: Patterns of subterranean biogeography and biodiversity, organized by Louis Deharveng Conservation of subterranean fauna and habitats, organized by Michael Slay Cave animals at the frontiers of modern biology, organized by William Jeffery Subterranean microbial system and geomicrobiology, organized by Annette Engel The organizing committee consists of myself, Daniel Fong (American University), Matthew Niemiller (Illinois Natural History Survey), Megan Porter (University of Hawaii), Michael Slay (The Nature Conservancy), and Steven Taylor (Illinois Natural History Survey) If you have any questions, please contact us at icsb2016@gmailcom David Culver, Chair of the Organizing Committee. ...

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EGU-2016 Evaporite karst session

by Jo De Waele on 05 Nov, 2015

This year we are organizing a session on Evaporite karst during the EGU 2016, to be held as usual in Vienna, 17-22 April 2016 We therefore invite you to participate in this event presenting one or more papers on gypsum or on halite karst from your research areas These can include topics ranging from speleogenesis to natural hazards, from paleoclimate reconstructions to hydrogeology, from pure geomorphology to speleothems and cave minerals, as long as it has to do with caves and karst in gypsum, anhydrite, and rock salt Authors of promising papers will be asked to contribute to a special issue on "Evaporite Karst” to be published in the International Journal of Speleology In fact, 20 years have passed since the last special issue on gypsum karst of the world, edited by Klimchouk, Lowe, Cooper and Sauro in 1996, a benchmark in karst sciences It is time to make an update on this topic, and the best place to do so is the International Journal of Speleology Info on the EGU General Assembly 2016 can be found at: http://egu2016eu/ while info on the evaporite karst session is at http://meetingorganizercopernicusorg/EGU2016/session/20640 And on how to submit an abstract: http://egu2016eu//abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstracthtml Note we are also organizing a session on “Karst geomorphology and hazards in carbonate terrain” Details can be found here: http://meetingorganizercopernicusorg/EGU2016/session/20677 See you in Vienna convenor: Jo De Waele co-convenors: Mario Parise and Jiri Bruthans. ...

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50th Annual Meeting of North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 18 Oct, 2015

Symposium T19 Characterization of Karst of the Midwestern US: Problems with Unstable Ground and Groundwater Quality Samuel V Panno, Illinois State Geological Survey, s-panno@illinoisedu; Walton R Kelly, Illinois State Water Survey, wkelly@illinoisedu This session will include papers describing methods for characterizing karst areas of the Midwestern US, and problems associated with the formation of cover-collapse sinkholes, cave collapse, and groundwater contamination from point and non-point sources Sources include contaminants associated with urban and rural environments including road salt, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, animal waste, septic effluent and N-fertilizers 50th Annual Meeting of North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America Champaign, Illinois, USA April 18-19, 2016 wwwgeosocietyorg/Sections/nc/2016mtg/. ...

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Eurokarst-2016 - submission deadline postponed

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 24 Sep, 2015

The deadline for submitting abstracts (French or English) to the Eurokarst conference is slightly postponed to the 15th of October Don't miss it! Submit to : http://wwweurokarstorg/submit/ We remind you that, at this stage of the procedure, the abstract can be very short and presenting essentially an idea The abstracts will be used to evaluate how many persons will join the conference and would like to publish a full paper We will start estimating the number of oral and poster presentations and designing the conference on this base An extended abstract or full publication (depending on what you would like to present) will be requested later, by March 1st 2016, and the decisions of the committee will be based on those final versions Be aware, that the second deadline will be open only to those who have submitted a preliminary abstract in October! Best regards and we look very much forward welcoming all of you in Neuchâtel next year! Sincerely, Philippe, Catherine and Sabine Sabine Erb Secrétaire Centre d'Hydrogéologie et de Géothermie Université de Neuchâtel Emile-Argand 11 CH-2000 Neuchâtel Tél +41 32 718 26 00 http://www1uninech/chyn. ...

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Karst Session at the 10th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds

by Keith White on 25 Aug, 2015

The International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds is the world’s largest and most comprehensive meeting on the application of innovative and existing technologies and approaches for characterization, monitoring and management of chlorinated and complex sites The topic of karst was conspicuously absent at the first eight iterations of this conference At the 9th Conference, a karst session -- headlined by a presentation by Dr Derek Ford -- was held and well attended At the upcoming 10th Conference, a prospective karst session has been approved! To be viable, quality abstracts related to characterizing and remediating karst aquifers are needed The session would be chaired by Tom Aley (Ozark Underground Laboratory) and Keith White, CPG (ARCADIS) If you are working on anything related to contamination in karst aquifers, please consider submitting an abstract ABSTRACTS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 15! Here are the details: Conference: Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds (Palm Springs, California; May 22-26, 2016) Prospective Session title: “Remediation of Karst Aquifers” (code: 2c) Abstract Due Date: September 15, 2015 Conference Website: http://battelleorg/media/battelle-conferences/chlorcon. ...

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Science and challenges into the deepest cave of Spain

by Raul Perez-Lopez on 19 Aug, 2015

The Geological Survey of Spain (IGME) is conducting a research into the Cerro del Cuevon (-1589m), the deepest cave of Spain and one of the top ten around the world This cave is located at Picos de Europa (Asturias Community, Northern of Spain) The Spanish scientific project (SISMOSIMA), is led by Raul Pérez López, geologist and caver who studies the effect of earthquakes in caves The main objective of the project is to place thermal and gas loggers (CO2 and H2) in different deep caves all around Spain, with the aim to propose a model of earthquake activity and thermo-gas response of karst systems The idea, say the geologist and caver, is to compare gas emission and thermal perturbation in tectonically active zones (southeast of Spain, Murcia and Andalusian communities) with other stable areas (Asturias and Cantabrian zones) Hence, the Cerro del Cuevon is one of the caves chosen due to the high depth (-1589m) This cave is located into the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains and it is considered one of the most difficult caves around the world The team for this proposal is composed by a great number of speleologists from all parts of Spain Furthermore, the Coordinator of the Cave Team, Carlos Flores, is a Sergeant of Firefighter in Toledo and the leader of the initiative 17peaks+17 caves (17Picos+17Simas) This initiative claims for climb up the highest mountain peaks and to climb down the deepest caves of the 17 communities of Spain Therefore, the conjugation between science and sport challenge becomes real the dream of both cavers, to go down the deepest point of Spain, and to put there a scientific sensor. ...

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International Speleological Congress 2017 in Sydney, Australia

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 19 Aug, 2015

Dear Caving Colleagues and Caving Friends The International Union of Speleology (UIS) conducts the International Congress of Speleology (ICS) every 4 years, a major event on the world speleology calendar The 17th congress is to be held in Sydney, Australia from 23-30 July 2017 It will be organised and hosted by the Australian Speleological Federation (ASF) This is the second time the Congress has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first time in Australia Australia is a dream destination, and the chosen venue, Sydney, will provide a memorable conference experience and world class event ASF will feature speleology in Australasia and the organising committee is working hard to prepare the Congress as a friendly meeting with an interesting program including excursions to fascinating cave and karst areas in Australia and New Zealand and an attractive accompanying program You have been identified as someone who may have an interest in attending and perhaps presenting a paper at the next ICS (17th ICS) in 2017 We invite you to subscribe to our mailing list for regular email updates and announcements about the Congress by following the link to our Subscribe for Email Updates page here: http://speleo2017com/Subscribehtml If you do not subscribe this will be the last email that you receive For more information visit the Congress website at http://speleo2017com or our Facebook page at https://wwwfacebookcom/Speleo2017 We look forward to your possible attendance at the next ICS in Sydney, Australia, 23-30 July, 2017 Kind regards Speleo 2017 ICS Organising Commission. ...

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Call for papers for Special issue on the topic of "Geophysical imaging in karst terrain"

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 19 Aug, 2015

Contributions are invited for the special issue on the topic of "Geophysical imaging in karst terrain", which will be published in AIMS Geosciences in 2016 (http://wwwaimspresscom/journal/geosciences) All submitted papers will go through a peer-review process, and published papers are available online in open access Moreover, all the publishing fees are fully waived for authors Topic Editor: Prof Neil Anderson Email: nanders@mstedu Special issue website: http://wwwaimspresscom/newsinfo/415html Karst terrains, because of their frequently complex subsurface morphologies, present unique challenges to practitioners and researchers engaged in multiple fields including construction, transportation, agriculture, hydrogeology, environmental remediation, mining, and hydrocarbon exploration The basic mineralogical, hydrogeological and chemical processes which lead to the formation of karst are well-established and, at any site of interest, karst topography can normally be established through standard field investigations Site-specific karst morphology, in contrast, is often not well understood because sufficient subsurface control is not available Often, the complexity of the subsurface morphology at a specific site is not appreciated because sufficient subsurface control has not been acquired In many instances, the most reliable and cost-effective approach to characterizing subsurface in karst terr ain involves the acquisition of borehole control, petrophysical data and geophysical data and the integrated analyses and interpretation of the same The borehole and petrophysical data normally provide for higher resolution control but only in proximity to the boring and are generally used to constrain the interpretation of geophysical data The geophysical data are generally lower resolution but are used to cost-effectively image the subsurface away from the borings and often to greater depths This special issue is focused on geophysical imaging approaches used to elucidate karst morphology We especially welcome research-quality investigations in areas where the complexity of the subsurface poses unique challenges and investigations where innovative approaches were employed Paper Submission: Full text submission due date:15th December 2015 Full paper should be submitted online to the journal at http://wwwaimspresscom/geosciences/authorhtml To download the template file click Instruction for Authors on our journal webpage http://wwwaimspresscom/news/115html. ...

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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko") There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there Site's language is Russian Welcome! --Aleksandr Shakalov. ...

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New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi, Sandro International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 35-55 Speleogenetic effects of interaction between deeply derived fracture-conduit and intrastratal matrix flow in hypogene karst settings Klimchouk, AB, Tymokhina, EI, Amelichev, GN International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 37-55 Hypogenic contribution to speleogenesis in a predominant epigenic karst system: A case study from the Venetian Alps, Italy Tisato Nicola, Sauro Francesco, Bernasconi Stefano M , Bruijn Rolf H C , De Waele Jo Geomorphology, 2012, Vol 151, p 156-163 L’altération de type "fantôme de roche" : processus, évolution et implications pour la karstification Quinif Yves, Bruxelles Laurent Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, 2011, Vol 4 You can download these publications following the links to PDF files on respective original websites As a part of collaboration within the HypoKarst, we suggest that the project members inform each other about their own and other published works relevant to the topic An easy way to do this, and generally promote the readership for your papers, is to submit publications to the KarstBase through the online submission form (One needs to be registered to access the form) By including words “hypogene” or “hypogenic” in the keywords (if they are not present within the title), you’ll make the publication appearing in the respective search selection that represens current bibliography on hypogene karst/speleogenesis Check this link regularly if you want to stay updated on current publications in the field Best wishes! Sincerely, --Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky, HypoKarst Project coordinators. ...

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The deepest terrestrial animal

A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto Reviews of the genera Schaefferia Absolon, 1900, Deuteraphorura Absolon, 1901, Plutomurus Yosii, 1956 and the Anurida Laboulbène, 1865 species group without eyes, with the description of four new species of cave springtails (Collembola) from Krubera-Voronya cave, Arabika Massif, Abkhazia Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 5 (2012) 35–85 DOI: follow this link (information supplied by Sofia Reboleira). ...

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Caves - landscapes without light

Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals Several interactive installations are available as well as audiovisual room presenting current state of the art in current research findings 28 spectacular Austrian caves are presented Important goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate how Vienna is supplied by drinking water from karst areas. ...

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